Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company will host a free performance of sketch comedy and improv Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Jobe Hall Auditorium. Photo by Francine Daveta Photography.

Upright Citizens Brigade TourCo coming to Jobe

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Founded by Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation), Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company will perform a night of provocative sketch comedy and absurd improv Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Jobe Hall Auditorium.

The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by The Delta Players and The Union Program Council.

UCB TourCo is a veritable incubation lab for comedy talent, and its cast is hand-picked from the best improv comedians in the country. It has previously featured such luminaries as Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Horatio Sanz (SNL), Ed Helms (The Hangover, Cedar Rapids), Ellie Kemper (The Office, Bridesmaids), Rob Corddry (The Daily Show), Rob Riggle (SNL, The Daily Show), and Adam McKay (Anchorman, Funny or Die), among many others.

As The Onion writes, “Catch the next generation of comedy superstars before they all sell out to [lousy] sitcoms and VH1 list shows.”

Don Allan Mitchell, associate professor of English, said the event promises to make the audience chuckle. download-2

“We need more laughter on this campus. After all, laughter is the best medicine,” said Mitchell. “The UCB’s sense of humor is definitely aimed at the college-aged crowd, but I think faculty, staff and community folks will also be interested in what cutting-edge improv comedy is all about. If you have ever been entertained by the likes of Dan Ackroyd, John Belushi or Chevy Chase, or more recent comedic stars like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, then you will be seeing their direct descendants. The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company is the next generation of comedic talent, and the show will be completely created on the spot. Be prepared to laugh, and laugh often.”

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Veterans program scheduled for Homecoming

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Honoring veterans has become a tradition each year during Homecoming festivities at Delta State University. This year marks the eighth annual Veteran’s Recognition Program.

The program will be held in the Veterans Atrium of Jobe Hall on Saturday at 11 a.m. The salute will feature music by the Delta State University Chamber Singers and Delta State music faculty and students. Cleveland community members will also participate in the music.

Each military branch will be recognized, and all service songs will be performed.

Dr. James Robinson, retired Delta State history professor and 1968 graduate, helped make the dream of the Veterans Atrium become a reality. After noticing that the existing fountain in the atrium of Jobe Hall was not working and that students were not utilizing the space, he had the idea of turning the area into a tribute to veterans.

The Veterans Atrium was born in 2006 after Robinson teamed up with the Alumni and Foundation Office, under the direction of Vicki Fioranelli (director emeritus of Alumni Affairs) and the Golden Circle. It consists of a fountain and a memorial, which includes a bronze tree honoring veterans who were alumni, faculty, staff, students or friends of Delta State. There is also a bookcase which includes service records for the honored veterans.

Refreshments will be served prior to the program, and the Veterans Atrium can be viewed beginning at 10 a.m.

The official hashtag for the 2015 Homecoming is #DSUHC15. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

Wendy Stevens was named the October 2015 Employee of the Month.

Stevens named Employee of the Month

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The Delta State University Staff Council recently honored Wendy Stevens, coordinator of graduate recruiting and marketing, as the October 2015 Employee of the Month.

Stevens attended Delta State as a student and received her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2013 and Master of Business Administration in 2014.

As a student, she worked in various offices, including Academic Affairs, Housing & Residence Life and The Office of the Registrar.

Stevens is a Clarksdale native but has been a resident of Cleveland for several years.

Employee of the Month distinction is given to a staff member who has provided service at Delta State that is considered over and beyond those duties outlined in his or her job description. Nominations are submitted by colleagues on campus.

Each winner receives a plaque, monetary award, WalMart gift card from the Student Government Association, an engraved insulated coffee mug, a free parking decal courtesy of the University Police Department, a box of treats from The Sweetery, a parking spot of their choice, marquee announcement and website recognition.

For an archived list of previous Employee of the Month winners, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/about-dsu/administration/staff-council/staff-council-employee-of-the-month/employee-of-the-month-archives/

Delta State’s Staff Council serves as a liaison between the administration and the staff to provide a formal process for staff to discuss issues involving university policies and procedures and to forward ideas, recommendations and opinions to the president.

Dr. Stuart Rockoff (right), director of the Mississippi Humanities Council, presents Dr. Michaela Merryday, associate professor of art history, with the 2015 Humanities Teacher Award.

Merryday honored as Humanities Teacher of the Year

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The Mississippi Humanities Council celebrates each October by awarding one humanities faculty member at each state institution with the Humanities Teacher Award. This year, from Delta State University’s Department of Art, Dr. Michaela Merryday was selected by faculty for the award.

Merryday accepted the award Monday in Holcombe-Norwood Hall, where she also presented on her publication “Westward Route 66 Takes Its Way: Ed Ruscha and the Promised Land.”

Merryday completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Vienna, Austria, and earned a doctorate in art history from Florida State University. Her research also focuses on contemporary public and political art practices.